Category Archives: Virtualisation

What an amazing year!

Forza IT has continued to grow and has had some great opportunities to get involved in some amazing projects this year (hence why updates on the web site have been slow!). Forza IT set up a community Internet cafe in … Continue reading

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Why you should Virtualize.

A great article and write up from our friend Scott Alan Miller on the benefits of virtualization for businesses of all sizes.  In fact Scott’s argument is that there should be a very good reason NOT to virtualize and that … Continue reading

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ESXi 5.1: Using Raw Device Mappings (RDM) on an HP Microserver

Having some spare time on my hands I decided to investigate the performance differences between presenting local storage as a Raw Device Mapping (RDM) and as a VMFS formatted datastore on my testbed server at home.  The server and disk … Continue reading

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New Branch Office Case Study

The Project Scope An existing business based in Derbyshire wanted to open a new branch office on the Wirral to support the growth of its operations.  Posted at the new office would be up to 30 on site staff.  The … Continue reading

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VMware Hypervisor – on your mobile phone!

Awesome news last month about VMware extending its hypervisor platform to smartphones enabling enterprise IT administrators to create, provision, monitor and manage a virtual corporate phone that will be running on an employee-owned smart phone. Imagine that, using an employee’s … Continue reading

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ESXi 5 on HP Microserver

Bit of a Microserver orientated news day but I thought I would write a short article to let people know that ESXi 5 (now officially called vSphere Hypervisor) is available for download from the VMware website and it works very … Continue reading

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VMware announce vSphere 5 licensing changes

VMware announce vRAM licensing changes in response to customer pressure. Continue reading

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VMware announce vSphere 5

VMware yesterday announced version 5 of its hypervisor, vSphere 5. You can read about it from the announcements on VMware’s website here: vSphere 5 Product Overview vSphere 5 New Features Just picking through the highlights there a several exciting new … Continue reading

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ESXi on the HP Microserver part 2: Elastix IP Telephony

Virtualised Elastix IP Telephony on an HP Microserver? You bet, and much more!! Continue reading

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ESXi on an HP Microserver Part 1: Windows Home Server

After upgrading the amount of RAM in the HP Microserver to 8GB (the maximum) allowable, I decided to install ESXi on it so that I could run several virtual machines efficiently upon it.  For now I want 2 virtual machines … Continue reading

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